Ann McGauran

When politicians talk about supporting “hard-working families” and “family values”, they’re  inferring that anyone not in paid work or no longer in a  marriage is a lesser being – definitely not quite one of us.  In the real world away from the political rhetoric and reductive stereotypes,  people like  Steve (not his real name), are trying against the odds to create better lives for their children.

Steve is a talented graphic designer who had to give up his job producing material for record companies when his wife’s paranoid schizophrenia worsened and she could no longer look after their two children.  Their marriage broke up about four years ago and his wife left the family home.

He came into our London food bank – one of nearly 400 run by the Trussell Trust in partnership with local churches and communities  – recently for help. He presented a voucher given to him…

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